The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

A Christmas Tale

Book - 2014
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"For almost seventy years, people the world over have fallen in love with Frank Capra's classic Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life. But few of those fans know that Capra's film was inspired by a short story by author Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night. Unable at first to find a publisher for his heartwarming tale of a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his Christmas card for 1943. One of those 200 copies found its way into the hands of David Hempstead, a producer at RKO films, and the film that has become a cherished holiday tradition for many was born."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©1943
ISBN: 9781476778860
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ste
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

"It's a Wonderful Life" has long been one of my favorite movies. I'm ashamed to say I had no idea it had been adapted from a book. Whether or not you have seen the movie, give this wonderful short book a read. This edition includes some background on how the book was adapted to become Frank Capra's masterpiece, "It's a Wonderful Life."


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